Book and Compare: Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing 1976 vs 2002 (pic heavy)

Reader's Digest 1976 vs 2002


Let me start of the post by saying, New doesn’t always mean better. That said let’s move on to comparing them and you can make your own informed decision. I will not compare every little thing but I do hope it is enough.


Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing 1976 2002
Pages 528 384
Number of Chapters 14 11
Sewing Projects 18 20
Sewing for Boys and Men A whole section 2 projects

The above charts gives a bit of info on the difference between the two books but here I’ll try to give you a bit more chapter by chapter or section. In the 2002 version the book is laid out in chapters versus the 1976 version has main sections that may or may not have a subsections so I’ll try to compare each part as best as I can.

Chapter 1: Reader’s Digest 2002 deals with Sewing Equipment and Fabrics whilst the 1976 calls it the Necessities of Sewing.

They both go over basic sewing equipment. RD02 (Readers’s Digest 2002) dedicates the least amount of pages to this subject and they also include fabric . When going over sewing equipment the notions are scattered about with captions labeling and explaining their uses.



RD76  shows far more notions and they are laid out in a more ordered fashion with captions again labeling and explaining their uses.

Here is an example for comparison. A tracing wheel and shears 0111152321a 0111152320 0111152321 0111152319

Also as you can see RD02 uses pictures versus RD76 uses life like illustrations.

When it comes to sewing machines RD02 list and explains the different machines that can be found today while RD76 shows a general sewing machine and labels it different parts and it even show how a stitch is made, how to wind and insert both types of bobbins, and even how to check stitch tension.

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RD02 also list and explains different types in this section but it not introduced until section 2 in RD76

Chapter 2 In RD02 this is Cutting and in RD76 this is section two called Patterns, Fabrics, and Cutting. They both go over how to measure the female figure. In RD76 this done with just a few illustrations and  but RD2002 uses pictures. They both go over measuring the pattern and adjusting it for fit (in RD76 this is section 3 aka Portfolio Of Fitting Methods).

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Again this is where RD76 introduces fabric. Now RD02 does list a lot of fabrics RD76 does try to show the few fabrics a lot better.

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Chapter 3: In RD02 this is labeled as Stitches and Seams and here they go over hand stitches, machine stitches, seams, seam finishes, darts, gathering, shirring, smocking, and ruffles and flounces. In RD76 this info is introduced in section 4 called Construction Basics and it is laid out pretty much the same.

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Chapter 4: RD02 Neckline Finishes and Collars and in RD76 this is Neckline and Collars.

This section is pretty much identical in both, but in RD76 on the last page after showing you how to construct a shirt collar with a separate band they do show you how to attach to garment whereas RD02 just leaves you with a finished collar and stand.

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Chapter 5: RD02 Waistlines and Belts in RD76 this is Waistlines, Waistbands, and Belts

This section is almost identical in both versions but once again the newer version does lack some info which is given in older book. This includes how to mark and measure the waist seam and circumference, illustrations of various waistbands, different closures and more.

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I’ll end it here for now and look forward to part 2 coming soon.

Until next time, happy sewing…


10 Reasons Why I Love To Sew

10 reasons

If there is one thing that most people who know me know, is that I love to sew. But most don’t know that I actually enjoy patternmaking more, even though I probably know more about the former.

I first started sewing  in my younger years as just something that seemed interesting. I made a few simple things here and there, but nothing too successful. I even made a drawstring bag in 7th grade home-ec. But even that wasn’t all that impressive. It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties and fed up with heading to the biggest malls, pockets full of green, and coming home with nothing. My closet was slowly going bare with my wallet still full…something had to change! So what started out as a need and desperation quickly turned into a full time passion.

So here are a 10 reasons why I love to sew (and make my own patterns):

  1. I can make what I WANT.I never have to look for what someone else dictates as to whats in and whats out or wait for someone else to make it,
  2. Knowing that what I’m wearing really is one of a kind (for the most part).No more outfit twins
  3. It comes in my size.Once you get some fitting, patternmaking and/or grading knowledge under your belt sizing doesn’t matter anymore (again for the most part).
  4. Handmade = Better Quality. No more one and done clothing lost to the washing machine.
  5. It’s affordable. Story on that coming soon.
  6. I can now try for Me-Made-May. I can create my own unique handmade wardrobe. Maybe this will be the year for MMM.
  7. It’s social., Stitcher’s Guild, Burdastyle Sewing Club, American Sewing Guild and so on.
  8. It can be profitable.
  9. Slow Fashion Movement. For me this means quality over quantity, ethical and timeless.
  10. It’s Fun. Sewing and patternmaking are truly my creative passion and hope to use it help others.

What would you make? Wool



This is my question to you, what would you make with 12 yards of expensive wool suiting? My DH was gifted 4 pieces (a little over 3 yards each) of wool suiting and what I was told they aren’t cheap. Well he had no use for them so he gifted to me (thanks DH), but I have no idea what to make with them. I don’t wear suits ( dropped business in college for a reason) and my life is basically causal, so now what?

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Studio Notes and News 2

Notes and News

So what’s been going on in the indie sewing and blogging world? Happy that you asked 😉

From the Studio, I have been hard at work when I can completing my first pattern. I’m hoping to send out a tester call soon.

From around the blogsphere:

With all of the indie pattern sales happening this month I really need to take advantage of them, especially since I lost most my pattern collection this pattern summer to an overseas move.

Until next time, happy sewing…